The Indian Railways would run 4,000 special trains for the upcoming
festival season, minister of state, railways, Manoj Sinha said here on Tuesday.
"In the next 40 days, we will celebrate the Durga Puja, Dussehra,
Diwali and Chhath. So, we are introducing additional trains to facilitate holiday
travelling between October 15 and October 30," he said.
The railway board had never considered introducing special trains for the
festival season to various parts of southern India from New Delhi though an
estimated 30 lakh people reside in the national capital from these parts of the
country according to a spokesman of the passenger welfare association.
Last year, the railways had run 3,800 special trains during the festival
season. Sinha said the ministry was also considering cancelling the leave of all
the staff to deal with the holiday rush.
The railways will run special trains from different places to popular
destinations and also add additional coaches to the existing trains. For
Chhath, special services will be introduced from Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Surat,
Vadodara, Ahmedabad to eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar," he added.
The railways said some of the special trains would be run from the
sub-stations in big cities. For example, it said, some of the trains from Delhi
to the eastern states would originate from Anand Vihar.
Sinha said the ministry had planned a range of facilities for the
passengers during the festive season such as pandals at major stations, clean
He added that it had also been decided to stop selling platform tickets in
case there was a massive rush.
security teams will be deployed at the stations to keep a check on the illegal
agents and vendors," he added.